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What are the many uses of forklifts?

Forklifts can be some of the most vital parts of any warehouse business or even any business that needs to move goods around at all. Useful for a huge variety of tasks, a forklift can be the most versatile part of any modern workplace. Read on to find out more about what you can use a forklift for in your workplace, and even find out more information about forklifts and what makes them such a versatile part of your workplace.


The most standard use for a forklift is in a warehouse. In these cases, a forklift can stack goods from as small as packs of sweets in their stocking boxes to massive items that people simply wouldn’t be able to lift up to get to the right place. This versatility in item size means that a forklift has to be at the heart of any warehouse, or you would lose the ability to store stock that is over a certain size.

A forklift is also incredibly useful when trying to make the most of the amount of space you have in your warehouse. People simply can’t reach the top shelves in the vast majority of warehouses, and if you want people to reach those shelves, they wouldn’t be safe carrying large weights all the way up the ladders to the top of the shelving units. In these cases, using a forklift becomes a necessity. From large and heavy equipment to simple products that need to go to a high storage shelf, a forklift can keep your business running just as you need it.


Construction is another key industry in which you can see forklifts doing vital jobs that regular people wouldn’t be able to. The vast majority of building sites are based on making sure that heavy materials including concrete, bricks, and lumber are in the right place at the right time, so a highly qualified builder can get everything put together in the best way possible. This job can’t be done without everything a builder needs being in the right place at the right time.

This applies to much more than making sure that it’s in the right place on one floor, but can often be incredibly helpful in the construction of balconies and railings. By lifting up heavy building materials such as bricks and concrete slabs, a forklift truck can make the construction of high levels a lot simpler. With builders needing to take materials upstairs, you’d end up with a very quickly demoralised and exhausted workforce. By getting a forklift to do the heavy lifting, your skilled labourers can focus on what they’re good at, and you can get the job done to the highest of standards in a good amount of time.


If you’re struggling to get your employees where they need to be, whether because of a lack of ladders or you’ve not been able to get the stairs put together on a construction site yet, a forklift has an ability that not many people consider, which is helping your employees get to where they need to be.

You can often use a forklift truck as an aerial lift, replacing a crane or other lifting device in making sure that people can get where they need to be. Of course, there is a selection of safety regulations that you need to stay in alignment with as you’re transporting people using an atypical method. However, if you are able to get your forklift working in an effective way, you can get your stock counters, maintenance team, and cleaners where they need to be to get their jobs done.

Transporting goods

In a dock or port, forklifts play a significant role. When goods come off ships you need to make sure they get to the right place as soon as possible. After all, some of it may be time-sensitive, such as refrigerated or frozen goods that need to reach their destination as soon as possible. A forklift can move goods to the right trucks and lorries much faster than people moving a ship worth of products by hand would.

You can also combine the use of a forklift to move goods with a forklift moving people. It can be difficult to reach stacked up containers, so if you need to move an inspector or other port worker easily, you can forklift them up into place and then use the very same forklift to start moving goods. This versatility makes forklifts a must-have, whether you’re material handling or using your forklift operations to get people moved to the best place possible.

Contact Radnes today

If you’re interested in getting top quality machinery for your company, check out Radnes today. We offer forklifts from the best forklift manufacturers around, providing lifting machinery that you can trust to make your site as effective as can be. Take a look at our wide range of forklifts today, and see what we can do to help you to get the lifting solutions that you need in the workplace.